Los Angeles Two-Day Dressmaking Workshop

Basic Bodice with Narrow Shoulder and Three-Quarter Circle Skirt

When: April 14th and 15th, 2018  SOLD OUT! The waitlist for this session is now closed.

New session added! April 16th and 17th, 2018

Where: Sew FYI

Cost: $550 (half due on registration; half due 30 days before course)

How to register: fill out this form!

Using Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, students will learn to fit basic bodice pattern and walk away with your own custom variation of a sleeveless dress. There will be a strong focus on fit construction, based on Gertie’s tested techniques for sewing and pressing darts, creating a perfectly neat all-in-one facing, and much more. Your finished dress will come together using a choice of basic, jewel neckline, v-neck, or elegant narrow shoulder. Students can choose between one of three skirts (a-line, three-quarter circle, or gathered) to make the dress your own.This class is not suited to absolute beginners. It is for people who are confident with using their sewing machine, reading patterns, and who have completed several garments before, including at least one dress. Owning a copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book is essential for attending this class. What to bring:

  • a copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book
  • notebook and pen
  • your own sewing kit with basic supplies
  • Pencils, colored pencils
  • 2×18″ gridded ruler
  • sewing thread
  • Fabric (4 yards for a-line skirt or 5 yards for three quarter or gathered skirt)
  • 60 cm dress zipper to match your fabric
  • 1 meter fusible interfacing (woven or knit; please do not use non-woven interfacing)

Fabric recommendations: fabric should be opaque with light to medium body. Keep in mind that dresses will not be lined in this class, so make sure it’s something that feels good against your skin
Medium weight cotton, cotton blends, linen, sateen, poplin, chambray, rayon challis, and shirting are all good choicesGain confidence in taking measurements, fitting, lapped zippers, seam finishes, and more.

Ready to register? Fill out this form! Space is extremely limited. Once I have received your form, I will send you a PayPal invoice for half the workshop fee. Please pay your invoice within 24 hours to secure your spot. The remainder of the fee is due three weeks before the workshop. Thank you!

“I got a lot out of the Gertie class because I use her patterns a lot and she’s obviously an expert at those. Actually watching someone in person with so much skill is very helpful. And having her next to you giving you little tips is priceless. I never struggle with zips or fitting anymore. She’s lovely and very kind. She kept us on task very sweetly while having fun at the same time.” –Belinda, Sydney workshop

V-Neck Bodice with Gathered Skirt
Basic Bodice with A-Line Skirt